Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Routines help kids feel comfortable and establishing a school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother. If your child has been going to bed late all summer, start moving bedtime up about 20 minutes every three or so days a few weeks before school starts and waking them up earlier in the morning.
Connect with friends.
Social worries are huge for kids and can cause a lot of anxiety about the start of school. Before school starts, try contacting other parents to find out which children are in your child’s class this year and schedule a play date or a school carpool. A familiar face can make all the difference!
Back to school shopping.
With a class supply list in hand, go on a special shopping trip with your child. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. This can make going back to school a lot more fun. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s never used before so he will be comfortable using them in class.
Tour the school and meet the teacher.
In the week before school starts, make contact with your child’s teacher and introduce yourself. You can let her know if your child has any particular sensitivities or if he or she needs special accommodations. If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground. With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.
Going back to school can be a difficult time for children but be sure to remind them that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. They can look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones and learning lots of new things. Be sure to point out the positive aspects of starting school!
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